Evangelism Lecture 2 – Understanding Christian Conversion
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Recognize the three key Hebrew and Greek words (and their meanings) that describe conversion (7.1)
- 1. Hebrew- shubh- "turn around", "return", "restore"
- 2. Greek- metanoeo- to "turn", "turn away from"
- 3. Greek- epistrepho- to "turn", "turn toward"
Recognize the two key concepts/actions of conversion (7.2)
- 1. Repentance- to renounce sin- turn away from sin- "mortification"
- 2. Faith- to humbly embrace Jesus- turn towards God- "vivifivation"
Recognize the key distinction between salvation and conversion (8)
- 1. Salvation- the work of God
- 2. Conversion- the choice of humanity. It's the decisive humane response of faith to God's grace-filled invitation to enter into a personal relationship with this God with a person's whole life.
Recognize the three key players in conversion (9)
- 1. The Holy Spirit
- 2. The Witnessing Church
- 3. The Seeker
Recognize features of the common language of new believers regarding their conversions (13.1-13.3)
- 1. The language is often missing the words "sin" and "repentance"
- 2. They communicate they're seeking: God, personal wholeness, community/belonging, and life purpose
- 3. How they communicated acceptance of Jesus: having a life of need, trusting in the claims of Jesus, the reality of a spiritual struggle
Recognize the descriptions of methodological/"formula" idolatry and of the New Testament's portrayal of conversions (15.1-15.3)
- 1. There is no uniformity int he New Testament conversions
- 2. Types of "Formula" Idolatry: confirmation, revival, salvation plan
- 3. One salvation, infinite ways to be converted
Recognize the aspects of the evidence of conversion, of which the Trinity is the paradigm (16)
- 1. Restored Personhood- intrapersonal wholeness
- 2. Restored Community- interpersonal wholeness
- 3. Restored Mission- shared purpose
- 4. All of these factors point to the need to build awareness of the call of Christ to full Christian maturity
Recognize the three steps of Developing Your Story with a Purpose and their descriptions (17.1-17.3 and Appendix 1)
- 1. Life Before Christ
- 2. How You Met and Engaged Christ
- 3. Life after Accepting Christ
See notes for Appendix 1
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